Facebook-owned messenger app, WhatsApp, always releases the latest features to the app on iPhones before Android. The developers of the app have enabled the fingerprint lock option for iOS devices in February this year. However, Android users have been eagerly waiting to get the feature native to the app as privacy options such as biometric authentication is very essential for a messenger app.
The wait got over for Android users a few days back as WhatsApp has finally rolled out the update with the fingerprint lock option. Below we will discuss the step-by-step procedure to enable the fingerprint lock on WhatsApp to secure your important chats.
1. Open WhatsApp and click on the three-dot menu on the top right corner of the app and select Settings from the drop-down menu.
2. In Settings, tap on Account option and then select Privacy.
3. Under Privacy, find the “Fingerprint lock” option by scrolling down below and then turn it on by tapping the toggle button.
4. WhatsApp will then ask you to put your fingerprint on the fingerprint sensor of your device to confirm the same.
5. After confirmation, you will be provided with three timing options for the auto-lock of the device under the “Automatically Lock” option. The options are immediately, after 1 minute, and after 30 minutes. You need to choose any one them on your wish. After the set time limit, the device will be locked and it will look like this if you put the wrong finger in the fingerprint sensor or if somebody else tries to open the app.
6. You can toggle between enabling and disabling the fingerprint lock option by again going to Privacy settings.
7. There is also a toggle option for enabling and disabling message notifications. By default, the option is enabled. You can turn it off by using the toggle.